Ukraine – Floods and Storms in Odessa Leave 3 Dead

The State Emergency Service (SES) of Ukraine has reported that 3 people died when a storm hit parts of the Odessa region on Wednesday, 12 October, 2016.

Severe weather warnings were issued on 11 October. The storm brought heavy rain strong winds and heavy rain. Around 10 districts of the region were affected by the severe weather.

SES reports that 55 houses and many roads were flooded following the storm. Surface flooding was reported in at least 10 locations.

According to a statement by Gennadiy Leonidovich Trukhanov, the mayor of Odessa, 105 mm of rain was recorded in 24 hours between 12 and 13 October. October is usually a drier month for the city, with average monthly totals normally under 30 mm.

The strong winds brought down trees and power cables. Two people were killed after being hit by fallen trees. The third fatality, thought to be a young girl, died as she was electrocuted by a falling power cable. SES said that over 80 trees were brought down during the storm. The mayor said that a total of about 1,500 trees were damaged or brought down during the storm.

Over 250 emergency personnel have been deployed to the affected areas, with 44 vehicles and 9 pumps to remove flood water and storm debris.

Storm damage in Odessa, October 2016. Photo: State Emergency Service of Ukraine
Storm damage in Odessa, October 2016. Photo: State Emergency Service of Ukraine
Recovery after the storm in Odessa, October 2016. Photo: State Emergency Service of Ukraine
Recovery after the storm in Odessa, October 2016. Photo: State Emergency Service of Ukraine
Pumping flood water, Odessa. Photo: State Emergency Service of Ukraine
Pumping flood water, Odessa. Photo: State Emergency Service of Ukraine